Senator Jim Runestad's Press Releases

Runestad bill to close fundraising loophole exploited by governor moves out of Senate

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate on Tuesday passed Sen. Jim Runestad’s legislation to fix a campaign finance loophole taken advantage of by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to fundraise beyond set contribution limits. “Voters deserve candidates who compete fairly and ethically,” said Runestad, R-White Lake. “Soliciting mega-donations to fight against imaginary recalls is misleading to donors and, ultimately, harmful to voters and a fair election process. The

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Governor signs Runestad, MacDonald legislation to help maximize local road funding

LANSING, Mich. — A bill package sponsored by Sen. Jim Runestad and Sen. Michael D. MacDonald to save local communities from increased road repair costs associated with the use of federal funding was signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. “By giving our local transportation agencies more flexibility to cut their costs, we can help them fix more of our local roads and make a

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Sen. Runestad’s bill to curb fraud, corruption in the judicial system signed into law

LANSING, Mich. —  Sen. Jim Runestad’s legislation to curb fraudulent process servers and restore integrity in the judicial system was signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Gretchen Witmer. “I’m very pleased — after seven years of working on this endeavor — to finally fix a huge hole in our legal system,” said Runestad, R-White Lake. “Fraudulent process servers have negatively impacted thousands of citizens in Michigan,

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Senate bills to maximize local road funding sent to governor

LANSING, Mich. — Bills sponsored by Sen. Michael D. MacDonald and Sen. Jim Runestad seeking to save local communities from increased road repair costs associated with the use of federal funding are on their way to the governor’s desk after being finalized by the state Senate on Tuesday. “Allowing local agencies to swap federal funds for state dollars — and avoid the burdensome requirements that come

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Runestad celebrates committee’s approval of bills to help students with dyslexia

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Jim Runestad on Tuesday joined the Senate Committee on Education and Career Readiness in unanimously endorsing a bipartisan package of bills he helped author to provide critical help for students with dyslexia, clearing the way for the legislation to be considered by the full Senate. “This help is long overdue as Michigan has had no statewide strategy to help students with

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Sen. Runestad highlights efforts to increase government transparency during Sunshine Week

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Jim Runestad on Wednesday said he is drafting legislation to create an independent agency and ombudsman within the Legislative council to review Freedom of Information Act appeals at no cost to state residents. “It is fitting to announce the creation of this legislation during Sunshine Week, which is observed March 13 through 19 this year and continues to shine light on

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